A nagging back injury has forced Gareth Shaw to withdraw from his opening event on the Challenge Tour, the Barclays Kenya Open.
The 29-year-old hurt himself a month ago while in Portugal and after failing to recover in time, he made the decision to withdraw from the tournament.
“I flew out to Portugal to play in a couple of Algarve Pro-Tour events to see what stage my game was at but I had to quit after nine holes of practice on the first day,” said Gareth.
“The only thing I can think of is that I have a new Srixion bag and maybe I lifted it differently, who knows?
“It’s very weird and annoying because it only hurts when I go to hit golf shots.
“I got an MRI scan which came back clear which is obviously good news so I have been told to rest it.
“Thankfully, I have another couple of weeks until the next tournament in Spain [Challenge de Madrid], so hopefully I will be pain free by then.”
Shaw admits he has struggled to deal with the injury, the
“It is just a matter of being patient with it and obviously it is hard to be patient when the weather is quite nice and the season is supposed to be getting started,”he said.
“It is a new experience for me to be injured and I have to be honest and say that I haven’t handled it very well.
“I went to see too many different physios and was told so many different things that my head was scrambled.
“It didn’t feel like a muscle thing to me. It was a sharp pain that would disappear so I thought maybe it was a nerve.
“No matter who I saw and what they did to me, it wasn’t painful so they were perplexed.
“Ultimately the only thing I could do was try to take it easy and let it heal.”
Irish PGA champion, Niall Kearney (Royal Dublin) and Ruaidhri McGee (Rosapenna) have made the trip to Nairobi for the tournament.